Small Town & Rural Church Planting Conference: Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling, IL. Presenting are: Brian Steenhoek, church planter of a Midwest town under 5,000 people, will be speaking about his experience in planting a church in a small town and offer guidance on what worked for his church and what did not work. There will be time to ask questions following his presentation to integrate his experience with your own church context. Ben Ingebretson, Church Multiplication Consultant of the Synod of Mid-America, will present Planting as Cluster Churches as well. Joel Rohde, worship leader of North Ridge Community Church, will be leading a time of worship and prayer. Any church leader is welcome to attend. Please contact Tim Truesdell if interested.
Become an RCA Coach: The Reformed Church in America is offering coaching training to anyone interested through online webinars. RCA coaches come alongside pastors and those interested in receiving coaching to help them discover God’s agenda for their lives and ministries. As an RCA coach, you can help someone listen to God about where change is needed, and help equip and empower that person to make the necessary life changes. And you don’t need to have any of the answers. Through coaching, you will help someone find his or her own answers. For more information please contact Joann Koning.
2014 Financial Seminar for Churches Conference by Capin Crouse LLC. This conference is being held in Noblesville, IN. Identify how to move your giving to more than 50% through electronic sources, work with your board and leadership to create a generosity culture, and dismantle the church-giving default and the myths that surround it. Assess the current tax law environment and identify key compliance issues for your church. Assess ways that your board could monitor internal controls; identify typical weaknesses in internal controls, frequent errors in accounting, and some of the most significant estimates found in church financial statements. For more information click HERE.
2015 Salary Schedule, Rules, and Guidelines for the region are now available by clicking HERE. Alternately you may access this document on our website on the resources page.
Ridder Church Renewal: If your church may be interested in Ridder Church Renewal a new group of churches and teams will be starting in the Fall of 2015. A preview event to learn more information, ask questions, and learn what RCR is all about will be held at Heidel House in Green Lake, WI February 6 & 7. For more information, contact Chad Schuitema.
News from Camp Manitoqua
Experience Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center’s Oak Leaf Festival, an autumn event for families, youth groups, and more on October 11, from 10am-3pm. Activities include tree & wall climbing, creation exploration, family scavenger hunts, campfire, inflatable jumpies, wagon rides, autumn arts & crafts, and food treats. $6 admission fee (2 and under are free), additional costs for treats and climbing. All details available at our website: www.manitoqua.org.
Storm the base, capture the flag, and win the game! Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center invites you out to one of the most epic days of paintball you will ever experience on November 1 from 10am – 4pm! Come play a full day of paintball on our wooded course. Space is limited; ideal for youth groups or young adult ministries; registration processed on first come first serve basis. Cost is $36 (includes gun and mask rental, 1000 paintballs, and a box lunch). Register online at Manitoqua.org by RSVP by October 29. For High School and older. Questions? Call the office at 815.469.2319.
Enjoy a taste of fall at the Red Oak Luncheon, a pleasant occasion for seniors, at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center on Wednesday, December 3th. Coffee & Rolls will be served at 10:30am. Our program will begin at 11:00am with lunch to follow at 12:00pm. Tours of the grounds will be available after lunch. Cost for the event is $10.00. Please make reservations at 815-469-2319 by November 30.
Camp Manitoqua also has job postings:
Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center is now hiring cooks, kitchen assistants and part-time housekeeping staff. Cooks must have food service experience; sanitation license preferred. Call 815-469-2319 for an application or contact Salli for kitchen positions and Don for housekeeping.